I have worked agency or as a traveler for almost 13 years now. I got sick of the politics of being on staff. Now, I don't have to go to "mandatory" staff meetings that may be held in the middle of my night, I don't have to take charge, I don't have to present inservices, move "up" the clinical ladder, etc. I have done all that, and I am finished with it. Nursing has been good to me for the most part. It allowed me as a single parent to have the flexibility to be home when I need to, gave us a good standard of living, etc. But, the sooner you realize that you are simply a number on a schedule and they really wish they didn't have to pay you at all, the sooner you will realize you have to take care of you first, because no one else will do it.
I enjoy the freedom to work at a place for a while and if it works for us, then great, if not, I can move on. I have been a nurse 31 years and have never NOT been able to work where and when I wanted to.